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>> ALL RIGHT. GOOD EVENING, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. WE ARE AT CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN OUR EVENING WITH AN INVOCATION. COUNCIL, IF YOU WOULD RISE AT THIS TIME.

ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO JOIN US IN THE AUDIENCE, PLEASE RISE.

>> THANK YOU. >> OUR DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS OCCASION.

WE THANK YOU OUR LORD AND OUR SAVIOR BECAUSE WE ARE ACKNOWLEDGING YOU FOR THE RUNNING OF THE AFFAIRS OF THIS CITY, ROWLETT. WE THANK YOU, LORD, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT WITHOUT YOU, WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, WITHOUT YOUR WISDOM OVER US THAT WE ARE JUST DOING THINGS AS MORTAL PEOPLE. HOWEVER, WE THANK YOU, OUR LORD AND OUR SAVIOR, FOR IT IS ONLY THE FOOL THAT HAS SAID THAT THERE IS NO GOD. BUT WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE THE GOD AND THE GOVERNOR OF THE NATIONS. WE THANK YOU BECAUSE WE KNOW AND YOU ARE ALSO OUR HOPE FOR YEARS TO COME. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE MAYOR, THE DEPUTY MAYOR. WE ARE THANKFUL, LORD, GOD, THAT YOU HELP THEM. WE ARE GRATEFUL, LORD ALMIGHTY FOR THE POLICE CHIEF, FOR THE FIRE CHIEF. WE THANK YOU OUR LORD AND OUR SAVIOR FOR THE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SCHOOLS IN THIS CITY OF ROWLETT, AND THE LEADERS, THE PRINCIPALS AND THE TEACHERS. WE ARE GRATEFUL, OUR LORD AND OUR SAVIOR, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE ONE THAT HAS BEEN GIVING US HOPE AND PEACE IN THIS CITY. AND THEREFORE, WE COMMIT OUR SELF TO YOUR HAND ONESELF AGAIN.

AND IN PARTICULAR, THE COUNCIL MEETING OF TONIGHT. I ASK, OH LORD, FOR WISDOM FROM ABOVE FOR THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE THE ONES WHO ARE CARRYING THE BURDEN OF THIS CITY. BUT WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE CARRIER.

THEREFORE, WE COMMIT EVERYTHING TO YOUR HAND AS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN HANDLE THE SITUATION OF THIS NATION. OUR LORD AND OUR SAVIOR, I STAND HERE TONIGHT AS A SPIRITUAL GATEKEEPER OF THIS CITY. AND I ASK A PRONOUNCED BLESSING ON THIS CITY FROM ABOVE IN THE MIGHTY LORD JESUS. I ASK OH LORD THAT PROSPERITY WILL BE IDENTIFIED IN ROWLETT IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. I ASK AND PRAY FOR PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING IN THIS CITY.

EVERY FORM OF RANDOM SHOOTING, EVERY FORM OF VANDALIZING, EVERY FORM OF INIQUITY TO AND FRO IN ANY PART OF THIS CITY. I REBUKE IT EVEN UPON THE POWER OF THE MOST HIGH GOD IN THE NAME OF JESUS. I SUBMIT ALL THE SCHOOL CHILDREN TO YOUR HAND.

THOSE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL, UNIVERSITIES, AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

I PRAY, LORD, THAT THEY WILL BE FILLED WITH EXCELLENT SPIRIT. THAT EVERY ONE OF THESE CHILDREN WILL GROW TO KNOW YOU, TO LOVE YOU AND TO SERVE YOU ALL THE DAYS OF THEIR LIVES.

I PRAY FOR SALVATION, THE BLESSING OF SALVATION IN THIS CITY.

THAT AS MANY THAT HAVE YET TO KNOW YOU AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOR, THAT THEY WILL COME TO KNOWLEDGE OF YOU, GOD. THANK YOU, HEAVENLY FATHER OF THIS MEETING TONIGHT.

I ASK AND PRAY, LORD, THAT RIGHT FROM THE START THAT WE WILL COMMIT EVERYTHING TO YOUR HAND.

DELIBERATION, THE DECISION, THE CONTRI CONTRIBUTIONS, WHATSOEVER WILL BE CONTROLLED AND DIRECTED BY YOU. THANK YOU, HEAVENLY FATHER. FOR IN JESUS WONDERFUL NAME I HAVE PRAYED. AMEN.

>> AMEN. THANK YOU, PASTOR. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE. PLEASE NOW JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

>> I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG -- NOW FOR THE TEXAS PLEDGE.

>> HONOR THE TEXAS FLAG. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THEE, TEXAS, ONE STATE UNDER GOD AND

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INDEV INDEVISIBLE . THANK YOU, YOU MAY BE SEATED.

[5A. Presentation of proclamation in recognition of Small Business Saturday.]

>>> SO THE FIRST ITEM OF CONSIDERATION IS 5A. I'VE ASKED COUNCILWOMAN PAM BELL TO JOIN US BECAUSE SHE'S THE LIAISON WITH THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

CAN I HAVE THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REPRESENTATIVES. SORRY, I WAS LOOKING ALL OVER

YOU. DO YOU WANT TO GIVE AN OVERVIEW? >> SURE.

>> THIS IS MICHAEL. >> SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IS AND HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND WAS STARTED REALLY BY AMERICAN EXPRESS, BUT WITH THE INTENT PURPOSE OF ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS TO SHOP IN LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES ON THE SATURDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING.

THE FRIDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN AS BLACK FRIDAY AND PEOPLE ARE OUT SHOPPING USUALLY IN MALLS AND BIG STORES, AND THOSE KINDS OF PLACES.

MONDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING IS CYBER MONDAY, AND EVERYBODY IS OPENING ONLINE.

SO WE WANT TO FOCUS ON LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES, ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO GO OUT ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30TH, AND SHOP IN LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES. TO HELP WITH THAT, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE AN EVENT THAT MORNING. WE'RE GOING TO START OUT AT THE CHAMBER FROM 9:00 TO 12:00.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AND THE MAYOR. AND WE'RE GOING TO BE HANDING OUT PASSPORTS TO ANYBODY THAT COMES IN AND HAS BREAKFAST AND VISITS WITH US, WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU PAS PASSPORTS FOR THE BUSINESSES PARTICIPATING. YOU SHOP, THEY'LL HAVE STAMPS.

THOSE WHO HAVE THE MOST STAMPS WE'LL PUT IN A DRAWING FOR A DOOR PRIZE WHICH WILL LIKELY BE GIFT CARDS FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A CHAMBER MEMBER TO BE A PART OF THAT. WE'RE TAKING ALL SMALL BUSINESSES THAT WANT TO PARTICIPATE AND ANY CITIZEN WHO WANTS TO PARTICIPATE AND HELP SHOP AND HELP OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES. THANKS. AND THIS IS LAURA, SHE IS OUR EVENTS AND COMMUNICATION'S COORDINATOR. THAT'S WHO YOU'LL TALK TO IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE AS A SMALL BUSINESS. SHE LIKES TO TALK IN FRONT OF

PEOPLE. >> ALL RIGHT. SO I DO HAVE A PROCLAMATION.

I JUST WANTED TO GIVE A COUPLE LITTLE STATS. IN 2018, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY INSPIRED 104 MILLION SHOPPERS AND DINERS TO SPEND A RECORD $17.8 BILLION.

AT LOCAL INDEPENDENTLY OWNED BUSINESSES. AND ON AN AVERAGE, 67 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR SPENT AT SMALL BUSINESSES STAYS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

SO IT IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. SO THE PROCLAMATION IS WHEREAS ROWLETT JOINS OTHERS WHO RECOGNIZE THE SATURDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING AS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, AND WHEREAS SMALL BUSINESSES EMPLOY NEARLY HALF EMPLOYEES IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR NATIONWIDE, AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING 65% OF NET NEW JOBS FROM 2000 TO 2018. AND WHEREAS SHOPPING AT LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES CONTRIBUTES TO THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE BECAUSE FOR EVERY DOLLAR SPENT AT A SMALL BUSINESS IN THE UNITED STATES, APPROXIMATELY 67 CENTS STAYS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

AND WHEREAS SHOP SMALL IS A NATIONWIDE MOVEMENT TO CELEBRATE SMALL BUSINESSES EVERY DAY AND TO HELP COMMUNITIES THRIVE AND STAY VIBRANT. AND WHEREAS ROWLETT SUPPORTS OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT CREATES JOBS, BOOSTS OUR LOCAL ECONOMY AND PRESERVES THE STRENGTH OF OUR COMMUNITY. NOW I THFR, TAMMY DANA-BASHIAN DO HEREBY RECOGNIZE NOVEMBER 30TH, 2019 AS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IN ROWLET AND ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO SHOP SMALL.

>> SO I HAVE A QUESTION. IS BREAKFAST FROM SANTA AND MAYOR FROM 9:00 TO 10:00 OR 9:00 TO NOON? CAN YOU SAY IT IN THE MICROPHONE?

CAN YOU CORRECT YOUR BOSS PUBLICLY? >> I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO THIS. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AND THE MAYOR IS FROM 9:00 TO 10:00.

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FROM 9:00 TO NOON ARE POP-UP BUSINESSES. WHERE WE HAVE BUSINESSES THAT DON'T HAVE A BRICK AND MORTAR, BUT THEY STILL SELL GOODS. THEY'RE GOING TO BE POPPING UP

AT THE CHAMBER. >> THE BREAKFAST IS AT THE CHAMBER.

>> THE BREAKFAST IS AT THE CHAMBER. >> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME DO THAT TO HIM. >> MICHAEL, ARE YOU STAYING UP FOR THE NEXT ONE? OR BOTH OF YOU OR ONE OF YOU. OKAY.

[5B. Presentation of a donation to Rowlett Animal Services from the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce's Annual Golf Tournament.]

THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS 5B WHICH IS A DONATION FOR ROWLETT ANIMAL SERVICES FROM THE GOLF TOURNAMENT. MICHAEL IS GOING TO JOIN US. DO YOU WANT TO DO IT AGAIN?

WHO IS DOING IT? >> SURE. EVERY YEAR WE HAVE A GOLF TOURNAMENT. THIS WAS OUR 29TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT.

IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT IT WAS 39 DEGREES WHEN WE STARTED THAT GOLF TOURNAMENT THAT MORNING, WE HAD A REALLY GOOD TURNOUT. IT WAS A VERY SUCCESSFUL GOLF TOURNAMENT.

AS PART OF THAT, WE'D LIKE TO WHEN WE HAVE OUR FUNDRAISERS AND OUR EVENTS, WE LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE SOME OF OUR FUNDS TO A LOCAL NONPROFIT OR IN THIS CASE, THE ANIMAL SHELTER.

SO WE HAVE A CHECK FOR $1,500 FOR THE ANIMAL SHELTER.

>> MINA IS THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING SERVICES, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

THERE YOU GO. >> SHE'S ACCEPTING THE CHECK ON BEHALF OF THE ANIMAL SHELTER.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. I THINK YOU'RE DONE, MICHAEL.

>> SO AT THAT GOLF TOURNAMNT, THERE'S ONE HOLE WHERE A PROFESSIONAL GOLFER WHO IS THE LONGEST DRIVE WINNER OF CONTESTS, DRIVES FOR YOU DURING THAT TOURNAMENT AT THAT HOLE IF YOU CONTRIBUTE A CERTAIN AMOUNT TO THE CAUSE. WHICH HAS BEEN THE ANIMAL SHELTER THE LAST FEW YEARS. IT'S BEEN MITCH DOBBINS THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

AND THAT GUY CAN DRIVE, I TELL YA. THIRD LEADING DRIVER IN THE UNITED STATES. HE CAN DO IT RIGHT HANDED, LEFT HANDED.

IT'S CRAZY. WE ARE HAPPY FOR THE ANIMAL SHELTER TO CONTRIBUTE THOSE

[5C. Presentation of a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Dallas by the Rowlett Firefighters Asociation and the Rowlett Fire Department.]

FUNDS. VERY NEEDED. >>> THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS PRESENTATION OF DONATION TO THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY OF DALLAS BY THE ROWLETT FIRE DEPARTMENT.

WHO IS COMING UP FOR THIS? COME ON FORWARD, JOSH. YOU WEREN'T IN UNIFORM SO I WAS LOOKING RIGHT OVER YA.

>> ALL RIGHT. YOU WANT TO GIVE SOME INFORMATION.

>> YEAH, IF YOU DON'T MIND. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> MY NAME IS JOSH BROCK, I'M THE PRESIDENT OF THE ROWLETT FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION. FOR EVERY 65 YEARS, FIRE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS AMERICA HAVE PARTNERED WITH THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION IN A FILL THE BOOT CAMPAIGN. SO THROUGHOUT THE YEAR YOU'VE PROBABLY SEEN US ON THE STREET CORNERS WITH BOOTS COLLECTING CHANGE FROM CARS AND ANY DONATION CITIZENS MIGHT GIVE.

WE ALSO COLLECT SMILES. WE DO ENJOY THAT AS WELL. BUT THIS YEAR OVER 1500 FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND OVER 100,000 FIREFIGHTERS PARTICIPATED. OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, THE ROWLETT FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS REALLY PUSHED THE FILL THE BOOT CAMPAIGN.

WE'VE SEEN AN INCREASE IN OUR DONATIONS EVER SINCE. UNFORTUNATELY, WE DO HAVE A CITIZEN HERE IN ROWLETT, UNFORTUNATELY CAN'T BE HERE TONIGHT.

HE SUFFERS FROM MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY. BUT HE GREW UP GOING TO MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY CAMPS THAT THE FILL THE BOOT CAMPAIGN HELPS PAY THEIR WAY.

IRONICALLY, HIS COUNSELOR THAT HE HAS EVERY YEAR HE WENT IS A ROWLETT FIREFIGHTER.

IT'S A REALLY GOOD CAUSE WHAT WE'RE RAISING MONEY FOR. THIS YEAR WE HAD OUR BIGGEST DONATION YET. WE'LL BE PRESENTING A CHECK FOR 35,583 TO THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION.

AND THIS IS KATIE BOWAN FROM THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION. >> DO YOU WANT TO SAY ANYTHING, KATIE? HE ALREADY DID IT. THAT'S A GREAT CAUSE.

THANK YOU TO THE CITY OF ROWLETT AND THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU. DO YOU WANT A LITTLE PICTURE

THAT'S A LITTLE MORE CONSOLIDATED? >> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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APPRECIATE Y'ALL. THANK YOU. THANKS, JOSH.

>> THANK YOU.

>> I ALWAYS LIKE THIS PART OF MEETINGS. ALL RIGHT.

[5D. Presentation of plaques to outgoing Board/Commission members.]

THE NEXT ITEM ON OUR AGENDA IS ITEM 5D WHICH IS PRESENTATION OF PLAQUES TO OUTGOING BOARD AND COMMISSION MEMBERS. LAURA IS GOING TO JOIN ME. EVERY YEAR WE TAKE THE TIME TO RECOGNIZE OUR OUTGOING BOARDS AND COMMISSION MEMBERS. YOU KNOW, BOARDS AND COMMISSION TERMS FOR REGULAR MEMBERS ARE NORMALLY TWO YEARS. FOR ALTERNATE MEMBERS ARE ONE YEAR. A LOT OF TIMES THOSE PEOPLE REUP FOR THE NEXT TERM.

SOMETIMES THEY HAVE OTHER PRIORITIES IN THEIR LIFE AND THEY HAVE TO MOVE ON TO OTHER THINGS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE SPEND THE TIME RECOGNIZING THOSE AND THANKING THEM SO MUCH FOR OUR CONTRIBUTION TO OUR CITY. THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS ARE SO IMPORTANT. THE CITY RELIES ON THEM HEAVILY. THE CITY STAFF RELIES ON THEM HEAVILY TO HELP IN AN ADVISORY ROLE. SO HAPPY TO HAVE HAD YOU ALL HELP US IN THE LAST TERM OR TWO OR THREE IN SOME CASES. NOT EVERYBODY THAT'S GOING TO BE RECOGNIZED TONIGHT IS HERE. BUT WE'RE GOING TO SAY THEIR NAME ANY WAY.

IF YOUR NAME IS CALLED AND YOU'RE HERE, PLEASE COME FORWARD AND WE'LL GIVE YOU A PLAQUE.

LAURA IS GOING TO READ THE NAMES BECAUSE SHE CAN PRONOUNCE THEM BETTER.

>> HOPEFULLY I DON'T BUTCHER THEM TOO BAD.

ALL RIGHTY. FINGERS CROSSED I DON'T BUTCHER TOO BAD.

OSCAR ARONDA. KATIE BABBIN. TONY BROWN, BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT.

GREGORY CRAIG. NANCY DEVELD, PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD.

LAURA KEESLING, ARTS AND HUMANITIES COMMISSION.

>> MONICA KAZAR. PATRICIA LAYER. SCOTTIE LOVETT.

SASHILL MATTHEW. DR. LAURIE MCILROY, ANIMAL SHELTER ADVISORY BOARD.

CATHERINE RENS. ALAIN RICHIE. OMAR SHAREEF, YES, THAT IS HIS NAME. PAULA STEVENS, COMMUNITY INVESTMENT ADVISORY BOARD.

E. C. EMBERGER.

>> DID I SKIP OVER IT? DIANE PERKINS.

>> ALREADY SOLICITING HER FOR SOMETHING ELSE. >> YOU CAN CHECK OUT BUT YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE, RIGHT? ROBERT VICKERS, BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT.

SIMONE WALLACE.

>> DAVID WILLIAMS, COMMUNITY AND INVESTMENT ADVISORY BOARD. AND TAMARA WILLIAMS, ARTS AND HUMANITIES COMMISSION. THANK YOU AGAIN TO EVERYBODY WHO SERVED OVER THE LAST TERM.

WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND COMMITMENT TO THE CITY AND ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT YOU'VE

DONE FOR US. >> WHEN'S THE NEXT SIGN-UP PERIOD?

>> WE TAKE APPLICATIONS ALL YEAR LONG. HOWEVER, FOR THE NEXT

APPOINTMENT PROCESS, IT STARTS JUNE 14TH, I BELIEVE. >> AND CONCLUDES ABOUT

JULY 31ST? >> AUGUST SOMETHING. WE'LL CONDUCT INTERVIEWS IN

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AUGUST. >> THANK YOU, LAURA. >> THANK YOU.

[5E. Presentation of Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) Award to the Parks and Recreation Department.]

>> OKAY. OUR NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS ITEM 5E.

AWARD TO THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT. COUNCILMAN MARGOLIS WILL BE

PRESENTING THAT. >> ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.

THE CITY OF ROWLETT HAS PRIORITIZED PROMOTING OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE IN ORDER TO DELIVER EXEMPLARY SERVICE THROUGH WELL-TRAINED AND RESPONSIVE WORKFORCE.

IMPROVING OCCUPATIONAL CAPACITY IS ONE WAY TO PROMOTE. THE CITY OF ROWLETT HAS NUMEROUS ACCREDITED DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING FIRE, POLICE, PUBLIC WORKS AND THE LIBRARY.

THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY ACCREDITED IN 2014, HAS CONTINUED TO MAINTAIN THE HIGH STANDARDS REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN THAT ACCREDITATION.

AWARDED REACCREDITATION THROUGH OCTOBER 2024. RECEIVING THIS REACCREDITATION IS A DISTINGUISHED HONOR. COMMISSION FOR ACCREDITATION OF PARKS AND RECREATION AGENCIES REQUIRES AGENCIES TO REPEAT THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS EVERY FIVE YEARS.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CAPRA ACCREDITED AGENCY? MUST FULLY ASSESS THEIR POLICIES, PRACTICES, PROCEDURES, PROGRAMS AND FACILITIES. IN SPRING 2019, THE PARKS AND RECREATION TEAM SUBMITTED A SELF-ASSESSMENT THAT ADDRESSED 151 INTERNAL STANDARDS RELATED TO THINGS SUCH AS PROGRAMMING, PLANNING, AND ADMINISTRATION, BUT ALSO HUMAN RESOURCES, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, FACILITY AND LAND USE MANAGEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY EVALUATION AND RESEARCH. AND RISK MANAGEMENT. EACH STANDARD REQUIRES EVIDENCE OF COMPLIANCE TO FULFILL THE MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS. AS A REACCREDIT AGENCY, THE CITY OF ROWLETT HAD TO MEET A MINIMUM OF 143 STANDARDS INCLUDING ALL FUNDAMENTAL STANDARDS.

TONIGHT, WE CELEBRATE THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT OF OUR PARKS AND RECREATION TEAM.

JASMINE LEE IS HERE TO SAY A FEW WORDS AND OFFICIALLY HAND OFF THE AWARD TO THE DEPARTMENT TEAM. JASMINE LEE IS THE DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THE TOWN OF ADDISON AND AT LARGE DIRECTOR FOR THE TEXAS RECREATION AND PARK SOCIETY, TRAPS, SINCE 2017.

AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF TRAPS FOR THE PAST DECADE, JASMINE ASSISTS IN THE PLANNING AND EXECUTION OF THE NORTH REGION CONFERENCE. HAS PRESENTED SESSIONS AT THE STATE INSTITUTE CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL CONFERENCE. PLEASE COME UP.

IT'S MY PLEASURE TO BE HERE TO TECHNOLOGY ALL OF THE EFFORT AND HARD WORK THAT THE ROWLETT PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT HAS PUT IN TO BE REACCREDITED AS A CAPRA ORGANIZATION.

AS YOU JUST HEARD, IT'S AN EXTENSIVE PROCESS. THERE'S A LOT THAT GOES IN TO IT. THERE ARE NOT MANY COMMUNITIES HERE IN TEXAS THAT HAVE OBTAINED THAT ACCREDITATION, MUCH LESS TO BE ABLE TO RENEW IT AND ATTAIN IT NOW FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS GUARANTEED. IT'S SOMETHING TO BE REALLY PROUD OF.

GOING THROUGH THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS HELPS TO IDENTIFY EFFICIENCIES AND HEIGHTEN THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE ORGANIZATION. JUST GOING THROUGH THAT PROCESS MAKES EVERYONE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT REALLY EXAMINE WHAT THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE AND HOW BEST TO MEET THEM. SO BY KNOWING THAT YOUR ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN ACCREDITED,YOU CAN KNOW THAT ROWLETT PARKS AND RECREATION AND THE ENTIRE CITY OF ROWLETT REALLY CARES ABOUT THE COMMUNITY, ESTABLISHING A SENSE OF TEAM WORK AND PRIDE AMONGST THE STAFF AND RESIDENTS, AND ENSURING YOU ALL HAVE TOP NOTCH SERVICES.

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO PRESENT TO YOU ALL WITH THE CAPRA ACCREDITATION.

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>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU KNOW, AWARDS ARE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.

ACCREDITATION IS SUCH A WONDERFUL ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR YOUR DEPARTMENT AND FOR YOUR FOLKS. YOU KNOW, WE PUT A LOT OF STOCK IN THIS CITY IN ACCREDITATION.

AND IT'S NOT AN EASY TASK. AND Y'ALL HAVE WORKED VERY, VERY HARD FOR THAT FOR THE BETTERMENT

OF ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>> ALL RIGHT.

[5F. Update from the City Council and Management: Financial Position, Major Projects, Operational Issues, Upcoming Dates of Interest and Items of Community Interest. ]

THE NEXT ITEM ON OUR AGENDA IS ITEM 5F UPDATED FROM THE CITY COUNCIL.

OPERATIONAL ISSUES, UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST AND ITEMS OF INTEREST.

>> FROM THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT, THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS FROM DECEMBER 3RD THROUGH DECEMBER 14TH, EVERY DAY FOR 12 CONSECUTIVE DAYS THERE WILL BE A FESTIVE EVENT.

LOCATION OF EACH EVENT VARIES. LEADING UP TO OUR 12TH DAY, THE MAIN STREET FEST AND LIGHTED HOLIDAY PARADE, WHICH IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14TH FROM 3:00 TO 8:00.

THERE WILL BE LIVE PERFORMANCES, FOOD TRUCKS, FIREWORKS, A LARGE KIDS AREA AND A LIGHTED HOLIDAY PARADE AT DOWNTOWN ROWLETT. WINTER YOUTH BASKETBALL. REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY OPEN NOW FOR THE WINTER YOUTH BASKETBALL. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS AND OTHER PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS, VISIT THE DEPARTMENT'S PAGE ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE.

FROM THE ANIMAL SERVICES DIVISION, THE NEXT LOW COST VACCINATION CLINIC WILL BE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, FROM 2:00 TO 5, LOCATED AT LIBERTY GROVE ROAD AT THE LIBERTY GROVE ANIMAL HOSPITAL. THE ANIMAL SHELTER IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY FROM 10:00 TO 5:00 P.M. AND LOCATED AT 4402 INDUSTRIAL STREET. TONIGHT, WE ARE FEATURING SEVERAL OF THE DOGS AND CATS THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION.

>> AND I THINK I SEE EVERYBODY'S DOG AND CAT RIGHT THERE. YOU JUST NEED TO COME GET IT.

YOUR LIBRARY. VISIT THE ROWLETT PUBLIC LIBRARY AT 3900 MAIN STREET.

A MAP SHOWING DOWNTOWN PARKING IS ON THE LIBRARY'S WEB PAGE. ENJOY AN AFTERNOON MOVIE EVERY FRIDAY IN NOVEMBER. SATURDAY'S AT 2:00 P.M. FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES.

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH, NOVOWRIMO. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

JOIN US TO HELP US WRITE A 50,000 WORD MANUSCRIPT. VISIT OR CALL US.

YOU CAN EVEN LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETING INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE PUBLIC BULLETIN BOARD OF THE CITY'S WEBSITE.

TO FIND OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ROWLETT, CHECK OUT THE FRIDAY AT 5, A WEEKLY NEWS LETTER AT CITY HALL. IT'S AVAILABLE ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE EVERY FRIDAY AFTER 5:00 P.M. OR YOU CAN CHOOSE TO HAVE IT SENT DIRECTLY TO OUR EMAIL.

STAY UP TO DATE ON WHAT'S GOING ON. EMAIL ON ANY CITY TOPIC TO ASK THE MAYOR. IT COULD BE ON THE MONTHLY PROGRAM, SPOTLIGHT ON ROWLETT.

FOR ANY INFORMATION VISIT ROWLETT.COM OR CALL THE ACTION CENTER.

THE CITY OF ROWLETT OFFICES AND FACILITIES WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28TH AND 29TH FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. THERE WILL BE NO TRASH

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COLLECTION ON THANKSGIVING DAY. SERVICES WILL BE DELAYED ONE DAY.

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE CITY OF ROWLETT.

AND ONE OTHER THING I'D LIKE TO MENTION TOO, LAST THURSDAY NIGHT THE ROWLETT POLICE GRADUATED 36 CITIZENS FROM THEIR CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY AT THE RCC. WHICH IS A GREAT TURNOUT.

36 PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND NOW HOW THEIR POLICE DEPARTMENT WORKS. I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO WATCH

FOR THE NEXT CLASS COMING UP NEXT YEAR. >> THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN SHERRILL. APPRECIATE YOU. COUNCILMAN LANING, DID YOU HAVE

ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT? >> I DID. I WANT TO GIVE A QUICK UPDATE.

COUNCILMEMBER MARGOLIS AND I ATTENDED THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE ON NOVEMBER 7TH AND 8TH. IT WAS VERY BENEFICIAL AND VALUABLE. I THINK WE BROUGHT BACK SOME GREAT INFORMATION FOR THE CITY. AND WE'VE PASSED THAT OUT TO COUNCIL FOR THEIR REVIEW.

I HOPE THAT YOU'LL READ THAT AND USE IT TO YOUR BENEFIT. >> WE'LL ALSO BE DISCUSSING THAT

WITH THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD. >> WE ABSOLUTELY WILL.

>> THANK YOU COUNCILMEN FOR GOING TO THAT CONFERENCE. WE APPRECIATE YOU.

[6. CITIZENS’ INPUT]

ANY OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS, COUNCIL? SEEING NONE, WE'LL MOVE TO OUR NEXT ITEM. THIS IS A TIME IN OUR MEETING WHERE WE CAN TAKE COMMENTS FROM OUR AUDIENCE ON ANY TOPIC. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS COUNCIL, PLEASE SUBMIT A REQUEST CARD TO THE CITY'S SECRETARY. WE WILL CALL YOU UP HERE TO SPEAK DURING CITIZEN'S INPUT.

WE HAVE ONE CARD TONIGHT FROM MR. KEN ROMAINE. MR. ROMAINE, COME UP.

YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO ADDRESS COUNCIL. YOU KNOW THE DRILL, STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR COUNCIL, PLEASE. THE MICROPHONE NEEDS TO BE

ADJUSTED >> KEN ROMAINE, LARKIN LANE. I TALKED TO A FEW OF YOU SIX, SEVEN MONTHS AGO ABOUT THE NORTH HAVEN DEVELOPMENT. YOU KNOW THAT BOARD ON BOARD FENCE. GOT THE 8-FOOT FENCE ALMOST ALL THE WAY DOWN UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF MY BACKYARD WHERE IT STOPS. THE ORIGINAL BARBED WIRE T-POST, PLUS THE EXTRA TWO NEW TELEPHONE POLES. ALL THE SKY CABLES ARE LAYING STILL.

IT'S BEEN WELL OVER SIX MONTHS SINCE I'VE HEARD ANYTHING, A STATUS OF WHAT'S GOING ON.

I HOPE YOU CAN HELP WITH GETTING THE FENCE EXTENDED TO THE PROPERTY LINE, WHICH WE UNDERSTOOD TO BE DONE. HAVE THE TELEPHONE COMPANY GET RID OF THE EXTRA TELEPHONE CABLES. MY WIFE IS THREATENING ME SHE'S GOING TO PUT UP THE UGLIEST, STUPIDEST MULTI-COLOR FENCE IF SHE HAS TO AND REALLY TICK OFF THE DEVELOPER.

WE DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. IT'S NOT A THREAT, BUT MY WIFE IS DIFFERENT SOMETIMES.

AFTER 34 YEARS, I LISTEN TO HER. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU, KEN.

WE APPRECIATE YOU. WE WILL HAVE SOMEONE FROM THE CITY GET IN CONTACT WITH MR. ROMAINE. ANY OTHER AUDIENCE MEMBERS WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK DURING CITIZEN'S INPUT, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND. SEEING NONE, WE'LL MOVE TO OUR CONSENT AGENDA.

[7. CONSENT AGENDA]

THIS IS A SECTION OF OUR MEETING IN WHICH A SERIES OF ITEMS ARE READ IN TO THE RECORD IN TOTALITY AND WE VOTE ON IT. IF ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WOULD LIKE AN ITEM CONSIDERED INDIVIDUALLY, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND. SEEING NONE, LAURA IF YOU WOULD READ THE ITEMS IN TO THE RECORD, PLEASE.

>> 7A, APPROVING MINUTES. 7B, A RESOLUTION CASTING A VOTE FOR THE ARCAD BOARD OF DIRECTORS. 7C, A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE A CONTRACT FOR THE NORTH DELL ROAD CULVERT REPLACEMENT. 7D, A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE A CONTRACT WITH TRICON SERVICES INCORPORATED FOR CONSTRUCTION. 7E, A RESOLUTION EXECUTING A FACILITY AGREEMENT WITH JLC, LLC, FOR INSTALLATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SIDEWALK. 7F.

AND 7G, A RESOLUTION EXECUTING AN AGREEMENT FOR ADMINISTRATION SERVICES.

>> THANK YOU, LAURA. I HAVE A MOTION FROM COUNCILWOMAN BROWN.

>> I'LL MAKE A MOTION THAT WE PASS ALL OF THE CONSENT ITEM AGENDA ITEMS AS READ IN TO THE

RECORD. >> DO I HAVE A SECOND FROM COUNCILMAN SHERRILL?

>> SECOND. >> MOTION FOR SECOND. PLEASE CALL THE VOTE.

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AND THOSE ITEMS PASS 7-0. WE DO HAVE ONE ITEM FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION.

[8. ITEMS FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION]

THIS WAS ITEM 2A THAT WAS CONSIDERED DURING OUR EXECUTIVE SESSION.

COUNCIL WANTED TO BRING THIS BACK FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION AND POTENTAL ACTION. AND THAT IS RELATING TO A LAWSUIT REGARDING SB SENATE BILL 1152 PERTAINING TO A PORTION OF THE FRANCHISE FEES PAID TO THE CITY BY CERTAIN FRANCHISE UTILITIES. I THINK OUR CITY MANAGER IS GOING TO GIVE US A BRIEF OVERVIEW. NO, OUR CITY ATTORNEY, DAVID, IS GOING TO GIVE US A BRIEF

OVERVIEW ON THAT ITEM. >> NO. >> YOU THINK THAT'S FUNNY.

>> I DO. AS YOU KNOW, THERE'S CURRENT LITIGATION PENDING INITIALLY FILED BY THE CITY OF MCCOWAN VERSUS THE STATE OF TEXAS JOINED BY OTHER CITIES SEEKING TO DECLARE SENATE 1152, UN-CONSTITUTION. SENATE BILL 1004 WAS NOT FROM THE LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION BUT FROM THE PRIOR ONE WHICH LIMITS ALL CITIES ABILITIES TO AS WELL AS CAPPING THE AMOUNT THAT ANY CITY CAN CHARGE ON A PER NETWORK NOTE FEE BASIS.

SENATE BILL 1152 IS SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR IN NATURE. IT PREVENTS US FROM BEING ABLE TO -- ACTUALLY IT ALLOWS A TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICE PROVIDER THAT ALSO OWNS A CABLE SERVICE TO AVOID HAVING TO PAY RIGHT OF WAY USE FEES OR FRANCHISE FEES FOR SERVICES, THEY CAN JUST PAY ONE. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS IS THAT IT IS DEPRIVING ALL CITIES IN TEXAS OF SUBSTANTIAL REVENUE SOURCES. THERE'S NO EXPECTATION THAT THE CITY MUNICIPAL LOSSES WILL BE PASSED ON TO CONSUMERS. AND SO, THE CITY OF MCCOWAN AS WELL AS 45 OTHER CITIES ARE SEEKING TO DECLARE BOTH OF THOSE STATUTES UNCONSTITUTIONAL. A GRANT OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR PRIVATE BENEFITS WITHOUT ANY PUBLIC PURPOSE. I THINK THE RECOMMENDATION FROM STAFF AND FROM THE CITY ATTORNEY, BASICALLY, IS WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT LEGISLATION -- I'M SORRY, IN THAT LITIGATION AS A PARTY PLAINTIFF.

IT WILL COST 15 CENTS PER RESIDENT AS OF THE 2010 DECENTENNIAL CENSUS, A NOMINAL FEE. SO THE CALL IS YOURS AS TO WHETHER WE SHOULD OR SHOULDN'T PARTICIPATE. THERE'S NO GUARANTEE OF SUCCESS. BUT I THINK TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I THINK THE MERE FACT THAT WE PARTICIPATE MEANS THAT WE'VE WON.

IT'S AT LEAST SOME MINOR REACTION TO THE WAY THAT ALL CITIES IN TEXAS ARE TREATED BY

THE LAST LEGISLATURE. >> THANK YOU, DAVID. LET'S GO THROUGH A FEW QUESTIONS NOW BEFORE WE CALL FOR A MOTION AND ANY OTHER DISCUSSION. BRIAN, IF YOU COULD TELL THE PUBLIC WHAT WE EXPECT OUR REDUCTION IN FEES AS A RESULT OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT TOOK

PLACE. >> MAYOR, THIS BILL IS AFFECTING ROWLETT BY ABOUT $180,000 A YEAR. SO AS YOU KNOW, WHEN WE WENT THROUGH THE BUDGET PROCESS, THAT WAS HAVING TO TAKE IN CONSIDERATION THAT REVENUE REDUCTION.

SO IT'S RIGHT NOW ABOUT $180,000 A YEAR. >> OKAY.

THANK YOU. >> AND AGAIN, BEFORE I TAKE A MOTION, ANY QUESTIONS, COUNCIL, FOR BRIAN OR DAVID? OKAY. I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION AT THIS

TIME BY COUNCILMAN SHERRILL >> THANK YOU, MAYOR. I MOVE THAT WE JOIN THE

LITIGATION WITH THE OTHER CITIES. >> HAVE A MOTION.

DO I HAVE A SECOND FROM COUNCILMAN MARGOLIS? >> SECOND THAT MOTION.

>> MOTION AND A SECOND. COUNCIL, ANY DISCUSSION? COUNCILMAN GRUBISICH

>> IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME I'VE SAID THIS AND IT WON'T BE THE LAST TIME THAT THIS IS A LITTLE SALT ON MUNICIPALITY'S ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO CONDUCT THEIR BUSINESS BY THE STATE LEGISLATOR. IT SEVERELY HINDERS WHAT CITIES ARE ABLE TO DO IN TERMS OF PROVIDING SERVICE TO OUR RESIDENTS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAMSTRINGS US. IT'S NOT ANYBODY AT THIS SEATS' FAULT.

AND I ENCOURAGE THOSE THAT ARE WATCHING THIS TO READ UP ON THESE STATE LEGISLATORS AND

REALLY PAY ATTENTION IN UPCOMING ELECTIONS. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS, COUNCIL? ALL RIGHT. I WILL CALL THE VOTE.

AND THAT ITEM PASSES 7-0. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, COUNCIL, FOR SUPPORTING THAT MEASURE.

IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE COMMUNICATE OUR DISPLEASURE WITH THIS BILL THAT HAS REALLY PUT A PINCH IN A LOT OF CITIES' BUDGETS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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THAT CONCLUDES OUR MEETING.

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